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parachuted down to check on checkpoints on key access routes to the city. jackie is with the french army at timbuktu airport. how significant is this all, jackie? >> in terms of capturing timbuktu, it would appear to be the beginning of the end. late on sunday, as you mentioned, paratroopers landed in the more rigid in the north. they really are consolidating their hold, not just on the airport, but on the area around it. the information that we are getting is that we will not see advanced bother from the airport for a few hours yet. in terms of getting information on what is happening inside the city itself, we have some exclusive pictures from inside timbuktu that show rebel fighters leaving the city. a short while ago the man described himself as the third deputy mayor of timbuktu. not sure what happened to the mayor had -- to the mayor himself. he gave a very positive version of what is happening in the city, but all accounts need to be treated with a certain amount of caution. let's have a look at the events leading up to the french offensive against timbuktu. >> boosted by news of
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